“When I was shaking out at the hueco, I didn’t have any running thoughts aside from what is happening in that present moment: how my body feels, what my breathing is like, just how I’m feeling right then. I definitely felt pumped and my fingers were cold. I had those thoughts, but more as statement of fact and not a worried ‘Oh no, I’m pumped!’ There was no emotion whatsoever; it was super-mechanical. I turned into this machine."

Nina Williams on the ascent of Amborsia, Bishop

“Chang Yu . . . says: ‘The axiom, that war is based on deception, does not apply only to deception of the enemy. You must deceive even your own soldiers. Make them follow you, but without letting them know why.’”

Sun Tzu
The Art of War

“So all of a sudden the realization comes over me, ‘I don't know what I'm do'n, I'm gonna make an ass outta myself and...’, anyway, I do the race. And it ends up being one of THE most fun things I've ever done in my life. And it dawned on me: what if everything you're afraid of is like that?”

Dave Kalama
Conversessions, 2017